Patmei’s Chicken & Broccoli Recipe: The Musical

I cook if I am in the mood. And those who have tasted my cooking tell me I’m pretty good at it. But I am much better at ordering for delivery. On days when I am not really in the mood to cook, I make it a musical and make a production number out of it. I dance and sing along as I chop, stir, and sauté.

For my chicken and broccoli stir-fry dish, I choose Today’s Top Hits playlist on Spotify. I chop the boneless chicken breasts into cubes while Rita Ora is singing “I Will Never Let You Down” (3:23 minutes).

I then marinate the chicken cubes in 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 4 teaspoons oyster sauce, 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons sugar, 4 teaspoons rice wine, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Mix them all together while swaying to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” to make sure the marinade stays with the chicken and seeps into every piece. Let it marinate for 15 minutes or approximately 4 songs on the playlist.

Marinate the chicken while swaying to Sam Smith's "Stay With Me"

Marinate the chicken while swaying to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

While the chicken is marinating, chop some garlic and ginger and prepare the broccoli while Ariana Grande sings “Break Free” because breaking broccoli into little pieces from its bunch is more fun with a song.

You are ready to put everything together when One Republic’s “Love Runs Out” starts playing. Start by infusing the 1 tablespoon hot canola oil with thinly sliced ginger for flavor. Discard ginger after 30 seconds.

Add the chicken and marinade to the pan and stir-fry until chicken is just cooked through. This will take about 5 minutes or the length of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” and Maroon 5’s “Maps” (which sounds like The Police).

Stir-fry the chicken for the length of at least two songs

Stir-fry the chicken for the length of at least two songs

When the chicken is cooked, remove the from the pan and set aside. Add an additional tablespoon of canola oil and sauté 1 tablespoon of garlic for 30 seconds. Add the broccoli florets and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Pour 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon oyster sauce and stir for a minute. This process takes the entire MKTO’s “Classic” so groove while you add the chicken and mix them all.

It's ready when "Get Lucky" comes on

It’s ready when “Get Lucky” comes on

It’s ready to serve when Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” comes on. Then sing and dance from the kitchen to the dining room while setting the table.